May 19 /CSRwire/ -
"I am extremely proud of the way in which Ford Motor Company and its people - both hourly and salaried - commit the time and energy necessary to help our communities in countless ways," said Ford Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Ford. "The Ford Volunteer Corps will help us to channel and institutionalize that spirit."
The Ford Volunteer Corps program includes two new community engagement initiatives. The first enables Ford employees, retirees and family & friends to volunteer with local nonprofit agencies. The second, launched during National Volunteer Week, promotes Ford's "16 Hours Community Service Program," which provides salaried employees with two paid days to volunteer each year. The reach of both are extended through the partnership with VolunteerMatch.
VolunteerMatch's corporate service engages corporate America in volunteer activity while helping VolunteerMatch, a national nonprofit, realize financial sustainability for its no-cost social services. VolunteerMatch partners with a number of socially responsible companies to make it easier for corporate workforces to volunteer, and also collaborates with national nonprofit organizations like The American Red Cross and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help local nonprofit chapters recruit volunteers nationwide.
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 327,000 employees worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Quality Care and Hertz. Ford Motor Company celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 16, 2003.
VolunteerMatch is where volunteering begins, supporting a community network committed to civic engagement by enabling volunteers and businesses to connect with local nonprofits by ZIP code. Since 1998, VolunteerMatch has helped volunteers make more than 2.5 million matches to 40,000 nonprofits throughout the United States, earning the national nonprofit worldwide acclaim, two Webby Awards, and recognition from M.I.T., the Smithsonian Institution and The White House. Make a difference today at www.VolunteerMatch.org.
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